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Old 11-28-2012
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Re: Can I sail to the Bahamas with NO experience?

The "Barefoot Bandit" in the San Juans was able to takeoff and land a plane with no experience (though the plane was totaled.) Maybe you could try flying to the Bahamas instead?

Theoretically, most questions that start with "Can I" can be answered with the single word, "Yes." Fortunately, most responses in forums such as this also try to include some realistic advice.

To be fair, the OP did say that he was going to study up on sailing, then spend a few weeks sailing his new boat in Florida before heading to the Bahamas. So that's not exactly "no experience." However, after his first day arguing with the advice he got here, he seems to have "departed the pattern," as the Barefoot Bandit may have said if he reached the chapter on how to talk on the radios.
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